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Articulated shape matching using Contour-Point Signatures1

Waldemar Villamayor-Venialboa , Christian E. Schaererb , and Horacio Legal-Ayalac Laboratorio de Computacin Cient o ca y Aplicada Facultad Politcnica, Universidad Nacional de Asuncin e o

The shape matching problem is of great interest due to the current market needs of objects recognition systems in the ever evolving eld of automated processes. The Contour-Point Signature (CPS), introduced in [6], is a 1-D function that allows the matching of corresponding points on the contours of two similar 2-D shapes. By the denition, the CPS depends on a distance function, used to measure the length of a path connecting two points on the boundary of a silhouette. In [6], the authors used the Euclidean distance to demonstrate the eectiveness of the CPS to match shapes undergoing rigid transformations. In this work, we propose the use of a geodesic distance [1, 5] to show that the CPS-based matching technique can also be used to nd correspondences among points on the contours of articulated shapes, objects composed of rigid parts, each of which has a certain freedom to move. In an articulated shape, each part transforms in a rigid manner and preserves the topology of the whole shape; an assumption is made that articulations can be modeled as near-isometries [1]. We have tested our approach on shape databases commonly used in standard benchmark tests, including the articulated shape dataset [4, 5] and the tools dataset [2, 3] to show the insensitivity of the CPS to articulation.

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Acknowledgment. This work is partially supported by CONACyT (Program 1698 OC/PR).